Guidelines and Principles

The Guidelines & Principles provide legal compliance and best practices information in 12 major areas of nonprofit management:

Communication, Evaluation, Financial Management, Fundraising, Governance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Planning, Public Policy & Advocacy, Strategic Alliances, Transparency & Accountability, and Volunteer Management

The Guidelines & Principles Assessment (online checklist) is free and available to all nonprofits.  Click the following link to begin the Guidelines & Principles Assessment:

Start the Assessment

We have created References & Resources page to assist all nonprofit leaders to understand the requirements in the Guidelines & Principles:

Guidelines & Principles References & Resources (free for any nonprofit)

NAM Members have an additional resource:

Nonprofit Management Resource Center (for NAM members only)

For additional information on the Guidelines & Principles program, please go here, or contact us.


The Guidelines and Principles:

  1. Provide nonprofit organizations with state-specific tools for evaluating regulatory compliance, enhancing strategic planning, and refining operational evaluation.
  2. Support the growth and quality of the sector.
  3. Increase public understanding of the role and contributions of the charitable nonprofit sector in Nebraska & Iowa.

The Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) is pleased to offer the Guidelines & Principles program as one of our core services designed to help you identify organizational strengths and challenges and to effectively action plan for the future.

We invite any nonprofit interested in becoming stronger and more efficient to participate in our Guidelines & Principles assessment– you do not have to be a NAM member! The assessment is structured around 12 guiding principles for nonprofits. Each section contains legal, essential, and recommended practices for you to assess your organization's situation. Your organization will receive an automated Guidelines & Principles report of your responses and an overview of best practices to support your organization.

We encourage you to be completely honest with your responses; these results belong to you and your organization. NAM will never share your results with other organizations or grant makers.  Instead, annual reporting on Guidelines & Principles usage and progress is done in aggregate, so your organization’s identity will be protected.

When you complete the Guidelines & Principles, and your organization is fully compliant with the LEGAL items on the Guidelines & Principles, you may be awarded the NAM Best Practices Partership.

For additional information on the Guidelines & Principles program, please go here, or contact us.

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